South Africa, the world’s largest producer of gold, is a nation of immense natural resource wealth that helps secure it’s unrivaled position as the richest and most developed country on the African continent. However, South Africa has an unenviable distinction: the highest income inequality in the world.
Dal East ‘Creature’ in Maboneng, Johannesburg
Camo Erase mural in Newtown, Johannesburg
Love mural, unknown artist Murals and assorted tags in Troyeville Johannesburg
The historic scarcity of work opportunities, resultant chronic high unemployment coupled with apartheid-era laws sparked an entrepreneurial spirit among many South Africans as a means of survival. Today, within townships such as Alexandra and Kliptown, many residents engage in what’s called the ‘informal economy.’ At the South African Institute of Race Relations, a team of researchers examine evolving trends such as the informal job market. Researcher Boitumelo Sethlatswe provides an in depth look at this crucial segment of life in South Africa that’s under attack as the government considers licensing legislation.
Rasty is one of Johannesburg’s established graffiti artists. He talks about what got him into this art form and the future it has in Johannesburg with Andrew Meloney, who captured this interview using iPod Touch technology.
A special daycare center, located 16-miles north of Pretoria, South Africa, opened in 2011. This center in Mabopane, operated by Lesedi La Batho, not only provides childcare but also aims to empower and motivate local youth and the community. The center gives young mothers free services, teaches new mothers about proper baby care and health care, and provides jobs to community members seeking employment.
Every six minutes a woman is raped in South Africa. In an effort to stop the silence surrounding the crime of rape, those such as activist/performance artist Tapuwa Moore and rape survivor Mamphiwa Seema are speaking up. They hope to give rape victims the courage to move beyond the stigma to bring much needed attention to this national crisis.
Graffiti as a form of urban regeneration?
What…well, Johannesburg does things differently.
“The city realizes that (graffiti) is a part of the city and that it needs to be incorporated in some way,” Rasty, one of premier graffiti artists in Johannesburg, said. “Johannesburg is more open and they understand the more positive and beneficial aspect of graffiti in terms of urban regeneration.”
Asanda Madosi was 21 years old when he told his mother he was gay. “My mother saw pictures of me in makeup and called me to tell me that we needed to talk,” said Madosi. “My mom was very distraught when I came out, she feared for my safety.”